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Finding Opportunities For San Antonio's Disconnected Youth

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There are more than 30,000 young people in Bexar County between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working. This demographic represents about 14 percent of their age group in the area. 
A new opportunity center on the city's West Side, created to engage "disconnected youth," was developed by the City of San Antonio and local nonprofits Goodwill San Antonio and Communities in Schools, with assistance from the local business community. 

How can a central resource hub like the NXT Level Opportunity Centerhelp youth connect with key social institutions like education and workforce training?  

Can a fresh chance at success and achievement make an impact on San Antonio's talent pool? How can vulnerable youth grow into their strengths and create better outcomes? 


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This interview aired on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.